Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oregon
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Oregon Project

Institutionalizing inclusion in the USFWS: a research study

September 2023 - June 2026


Participating Agencies


As the federal agency responsible for fish and wildlife conservation in the United States, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is at the heart of this evolution of the conservation sector. In recent years, USFWS staff have engaged in a variety of internal efforts to prioritize supporting a diverse workforce. However, there has yet to be a concerted cross-program assessment that captures the voices of agency staff to understand their narratives on how the Service is reconceptualizing conservation, or how these efforts are—or are not—moving the needle towards the goal of a more inclusive agency who reflects the multiple values of the American public. To aid the agency in their assessment of these efforts, our main project objectives are to: (1) To conduct a discourse analysis of conservation narratives in the USFWS that might include or exclude conservationists from historically underrepresented and underserved groups. (2) To understand how efforts to recruit and retain staff from historically unrepresented groups can scale up across multiple initiatives and programs to create organizational change.

Presentations Presentation Date
Jones, M.S. (2024). Leveraging Social Science to Support Equitable and Inclusive Conservation Practices. North American Duck Symposium, Portland Oregon. February 2024